Parenting

  • The Cost of Raising a Child

    This isn't our grandparents' America anymore. When you start to compare how much it costs to raise a child in the U.S. in 1960 to what it costs today, you better have a couch nearby to faint on.

  • Your baby's development: The first year of life milestones

    Your newborn's life is an exciting period of "firsts" -- first smile, first laugh, first successful grasp, first word and first steps. Take a look at all that your incredible wee one will accomplish in just twelve months!

  • Is your baby monitor a safety threat by hackers?

    As parents, we do whatever we can to keep our children safe. We baby-proof the home, investigate caregivers, research everything from cribs to car seats for the highest safety ratings and more. Did you know, however, that one of the very products designed to keep watch on your little one(s) may instead be making your family vulnerable to predators?

  • Valentines! What fun!

    Valentine's Day is not about what you buy -- but a celebration of love you have with your family! Kas Winters, The Mother of Family Ideas™ presents these family friendly ideas for making Valentines, planning a special meal and fun activities to round out your night.

  • Encourage Children to Give to Other Children

    This time of year is perfect for teaching kids lessons in charity and thinking of others! Remember, even Santa has helpers!

  • Celebrate Fall with Family

    Celebrate the season of Autumn! From bright fall leaves, crafts, and adventures - your family will find ample opportunities to enjoy this wonderful season!

  • Make your own ice cream concoction party

    Hosting a "make your own ice cream concoction" party is a perfect way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July. Learn how to make this event a success from first lick to last drip!

  • How to encourage love of reading for kids?

    QUESTION

    Dear Family Activities Expert,

  • Helping Moore Oklahoma -- outreach in the tornado aftermath

    As a new day breaks in Moore, Oklahoma the search, rescue, and recovery efforts continue following a horrific EF-4 tornado slamming the town. In time, the rebuilding efforts will follow.

  • Five easy ways to eat less sugar

    While you can't avoid sugar completely, there are some easy ways to make changes that will have a big effect. Make big strides to cut down on added sugar — and calories — with just a few small changes.

  • The Cost of Raising a Child

    This isn't our grandparents' America anymore. When you start to compare how much it costs to raise a child in the U.S. in 1960 to what it costs today, you better have a couch nearby to faint on.

  • Your baby's development: The first year of life milestones

    Your newborn's life is an exciting period of "firsts" -- first smile, first laugh, first successful grasp, first word and first steps. Take a look at all that your incredible wee one will accomplish in just twelve months!

  • To Marry or Not to Marry

    QUESTION

    Dear Mr. Dad,
    My girlfriend and I are about to become parents. She wants to get married before the baby is born, but I don’t really see the point. Can’t unmarried parents be just as committed as married ones?

  • Minority Birth Rates Soar Higher than Whites for First Time

    For the first time in U.S. history, 50.4 percent of our nation's children younger than one are minorities. This is based on the new 2011 Census estimates that came out July 1, 2011 and released May 17, 2012.

  • Unmarried with Children

    1.25 million babies (one third of all births) are born each year in the U.S. to unmarried parents. Many people just assume these babies are born to single teen moms, when in fact 41% of these births are to unmarried cohabiting couples.

  • Sick Kids and Daycare: When to Send Them

    Your child has been sick. You need to be at work. When can he return to daycare? Do siblings need to stay home? Since illnesses are transmitted differently, answer can vary. Find out for these common diseases (listed in alphabetical order:

  • Toddler Found Holding Loaded Handgun During Routine Traffic Stop

    It takes a lot to shock police these days. It's rare, if not unheard of to be faced with what Chicago police found on one particular routine traffic stop.

  • Top Ten Tips to Get Your Kids Screen-Free

    Are you concerned about the negative impact technology might have on your child's health and development? Here are our top ten tips to encourage kids to "unplug" and plug into life instead!

  • It's Illegal to Sell Expired Baby Food in California and Other Head Shaking Laws

    Wasn't selling expired baby food always illegal? Apparently not. Until the dawning of 2012, it was apparently legal for retailers to sell expired baby food and baby formula in California.

  • Healing from tragedy -- help for parents after Sandy Hook

    Are we doing enough to protect our kids? How can we handle situations like Sandy Hook, help our kids and ourselves through the anxiety and horror -- do better as a community and country?